The Bible is a collection of individual stories with heroes to imitate or villains to avoid imitating. It is one big story comprised of all the smaller stories, it is the greatest story book there ever was. It’s the story of God’s work of creation; humankind’s fall, and God’s work to make it all right again.
Do your children know this story, the biggest one? Do they understand how the stories of the Old and New Testament fit together into a grand narrative of a “snake-crushing King” and “destined-to-die Deliverer” who will bring us back to the garden?
Kevin DeYoung’s purpose for writing this book is to give children the whole picture, the one that connects “the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heavens and new earth.” In the Biggest Story, his text has been joined with the rich illustrations of Don Clark, illustrations even more evocative (if possible) than text.
Since this book is an overview of the biblical narrative, it doesn’t go into the individual stories in detail but assumes the reader (or listener) already knows them. The child who is familiar with the stories of the Bible, then, will understand more than the one who is unfamiliar with them. But a parent reading aloud can fill in what is missing if a child has questions.
While “The Biggest Story” is a book written for children, there is a very strong message in it for us all. Children will grasp the basic overall concept of the Bible Story, but adults will be able to look and find a deeper meaning. God’s promises are bigger and better than we realize, sometimes we just need a reminder of what he has already done for us and what he has planned for our future!
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